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Sensemaking at work: meaningful work experience for individuals and organizations

Ozen Asik-Dizdar (Department of Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.)
Ayla Esen (Department of Business Administration, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul, Turkey.)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 14 March 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to take a closer look at the concept of meaningful work experience for individuals and organizations, and discuss the role of sensemaking in creating it.

Design/methodology/approach

The main argument of the paper is that sensemaking efforts are among the fundamental tools that help create meaningful work experience for both individuals and organizations. The paper offers a conceptual framework that presents the interplay between sensemaking tools and enabling mechanisms in relation to internal and external organizational environments.

Findings

It is proposed that job crafting is a sensemaking tool – enabled by empowerment – for individuals to make sense of the internal environment of the organization; and strategy crafting is a sensemaking tool – enabled by organizational learning – for organizations to make sense of the external environment of the organization.

Originality/value

This paper attempts to converge micro- and macro-level concepts by bringing together individual- and organizational-level variables into a joint discussion. It places job crafting and strategy crafting in the context of sensemaking theory, and it reinforces the idea of proposing models that will consider the multi-level implications of organizational research.

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Acknowledgements

A preliminary version of this paper was presented at the 8th Organization Studies Summer Workshop that was held in Mykonos, Greece, on May 23-25, 2013.

Citation

Asik-Dizdar, O. and Esen, A. (2016), "Sensemaking at work: meaningful work experience for individuals and organizations", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 2-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-12-2013-0728

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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